Ethological Theory and Attachment

Animal studies suggest that lasting attachments are formed by a process of imprinting that occurs in a short time span at an early critical period of life. Ethology assumes that genetically preprogrammed behaviors important for species survival interact with the environment to produce bonding.

Konrad Lorenz, a pioneer in the study of imprinting, demonstrated that newly hatched fowl such as goslings would become fixed upon and follow the first moving proximal object or person they encountered shortly after birth. Niko Tinbergen demonstrated that the fight-flight response in animals evolves into socialized ritualistic behaviors. Robert Zaslow concluded from studies of the pathology of attachment found in infantile autism that the formation of attachment depends on two bonding networks of behavior: (1) the body-contact bond, necessary for intimacy and basic trust; and (2) the eye-face-contact bond, necessary for integration, focus, and direction of behavior.

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